Media, celebrities, and fans : An examination of adolescents' media usage and involvement with entertainment celebrities

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-44
Journal / PublicationJournalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes


This study examines how adolescents' involvement with entertainment celebrities mediates media effects on personal values and subjective wellbeing. A survey of 621 adolescents aged from 11 to 18 years old in Singapore showed that the three aspects of adolescents' involvement with celebrities- entertainment-social values, intense-personal feelings, and borderline- pathological tendencies-were associated with adolescents' media consumption, with the association between intense-personal feelings and media consumption a reciprocal one. The three aspects were directly or indirectly associated with the adolescents' materialistic values, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. © 2009 AEJMC.